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  • 15 Jul 2014 1:57 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Institution:  University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)

    Location:  Ann Arbor, MI

    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)
    Start date: Fall 2014 (ideal), Winter 2015 (possible)
    Term: 1 year 

    We are looking for a postdoc interested in interdisciplinary work at the intersection of electric power systems and life cycle assessment.  The goal of the project is to assess the environmental impacts of providing power systems reserves with demand response and distributed energy storage.  Strong programming skills and comfort with formulating and solving optimization problems is a must. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan, and it is expected the postdoc will interact with professors, peers, and students in both areas.

    This position is funded, in part, by a University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) Partnership for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies (PISET) Grant. See­‐partnerships/partner-­‐umei for more information on this program.  UMEI pulls together expertise from over 130 faculty affiliates working in 19 academic departments, conducting around $50 million in basic and applied research each year to develop science, technology and policy solutions to pressing energy challenges.

    At the start of the appointment, candidates should have a PhD in engineering (e.g., electrical, mechanical, systems) or an interdisciplinary field (e.g., natural resources, engineering & policy) plus strong technical skills including programming (MATLAB, CPLEX), modeling, simulation, and optimization. Familiarity with Monte Carlo analysis, life cycle assessment, electric power systems, and electric power markets is also beneficial.

    For more information please contact: Prof. Johanna Mathieu (EECS) at and/or Prof. Jeremiah Johnson (SNRE) at

  • 14 Jul 2014 10:56 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:   Research Fellow in applied quantitative social research

    Institution:  University of Southampton

    Location:  Highfield Campus, Southampton, UK

    Comp:  £28,132 to £34,565

    Deadline:  August 6, 2104

    Energy & Climate Change Group

    Location:  Highfield Campus
    Salary:   £28,132 to £34,565
    Full Time Fixed Term
    Closing Date:   Wednesday 06 August 2014
    Reference:  427914AT

    Full Time, Fixed term until June 30th 2018

    Energy and Climate Change Division / Sustainable Energy Research Group

    A research fellow is required to work in the Sustainable Energy Research Group on an interdisciplinary domestic energy consumption analysis project until June 2018.  The project will implement a series of tests of energy reduction interventions in a representative sample of households across the Solent region using a randomised control trial approach. The project is funded through OFGEM's Low Carbon Network Fund programme and is a collaboration between the University of Southampton, SSE plc, DNV GL, Maingate plc and Neighborhood Economics.

    This role will involve

    • Leading the University’s contributions to the design, implementation and management of a large scale longitudinal household panel survey (to be sub-contracted to a specialist agency) which will form the basis for three trial intervention groups and a control;
    • Leading the University’s analysis of survey and fine grained temporal energy consumption monitoring (smart meter) data to establish baseline patterns and to assess the impact of the energy reduction interventions;
    • Contributing to the development of a ‘customer behaviour’ microsimulation model; contributions to iterative intervention design and contributions to trial data documentation and management;
    • Substantial contributions to internal and external dissemination of results through papers, presentations, journal articles and media activities

    The work will be performed at the University of Southampton but regular project-related travel in the South East & London will be expected together with attendance at national and international conferences and events as appropriate. The project will be interdisciplinary and will involve close collaboration with non-academic project partners and substantial exposure to energy sector policy and strategy fora.

    Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent research experience in a demonstrably relevant subject area and will also need experience and competence in the management and analysis of large scale survey datasets.


  • 14 Jul 2014 10:43 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  3-year PhD scholarship in the field of Sustainability Assessment with particular focus on quantitative sustainability assessment of selected bio-refining processes and bio-based products.

    Institution:  Division of Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) at the Department of Management Engineering (MAN) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

    Location:  Lyngby, Denmark

    Deadline:  July 31, 2014

    The Division of Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) at the Department of Management Engineering (MAN) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the field of Sustainability Assessment with particular focus on quantitative sustainability assessment of selected bio-refining processes and bio-based products.

    Project description
    Developing and using state-of-the-art sustainability assessment methods and tools such as inventory models of technical chemical production systems, modular product system models and characterization models the successful candidate will contribute to quantifying the relative environmental sustainability performance of new and existing chemical products derived from feedstocks of agricultural origin. The PhD focuses solely on the processes downstream of the agricultural systems (i.e. gate-to-grave systems) and the methods and tools developed during the PhD will have to be compatible and coupled with equivalent models developed for the agricultural systems providing the feedstocks (i.e. cradle-to-gate models).

    The main goal is via selected case studies to develop methods and tools for comparative sustainability assessment of the chemical products of the future based on biological feedstocks rather than the fossil feedstocks utilized in contemporary chemical production.

    Key activities include (a) development of inventory models of technical chemical production systems, (b) development of product system models including technical chemical production systems, (c) characterization of chemical emissions occurring during the production, use and disposal of bio-based chemical products (d) exploring ways to disseminate findings to a broader audience, for instance through product labelling, web-based dissemination or industrial and policy collaboration.

    Candidates should have a master's degree in chemical, agricultural or environmental engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in chemical, agricultural or environmental engineering. Skills in life cycle assessment are a clear advantage along with advanced skills in product system modelling in e.g. GaBi, SimaPro or similar software and uncertainty analysis. A high motivation for research, excellent communication skills in English are essential for a successful application.

    Approval and Enrolment
    The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

    The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associated Professor Morten Birkved according to the qualification requirements stated above.

    We offer
    We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

    Salary and appointment terms
    The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

    Further information
    Further information may be obtained from Associated Professor Morten Birkved,

    You can read more about the Division of Quantitative Sustainability Assessment on

    Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

    Please submit your online application no later than 31 July 2014, 24:00 CET. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

    Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

    All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

    DTU’s Department of Management Engineering has a staff of 300 including 74 doctoral students. The department has close collaboration across a number of sectors including Danish and international partners from industry and public authorities as well as leading international universities.

    DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

  • 14 Jul 2014 10:06 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Max McGraw Professorship,

    Institution:  School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan,

    Location:  Ann Arbor, MI

    Deadline:  September 15, 2014

    The University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) is seeking a candidate to fill an endowed, full time, nine-month, professor position to contribute to research and teaching at the nexus of business, markets, and sustainability.  Corporations play a major role in shaping sustainability and influencing environmental quality both internally through corporate behavior and management practices, and externally through their products, engagement with stakeholders, and influence on markets and public policies. We seek candidates that are recognized for their scholarship in sustainability, and with expertise in theories and methods related to disciplines such as business strategy and partnerships, sustainable product innovation, finance and environmental accounting, organizational management, clean tech entrepreneurship, sustainable operations and supply chain management, environmental markets and marketing, or public policy and corporate governance. We will consider applicants at the Associate Professor or Professor level.

     SNRE’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  The School contributes new scientific knowledge, visionary leadership, and trained professionals toward that end.  The faculty of the School is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting.  A professional school set within a major research university, SNRE provides a model of interdisciplinary and applied research and a focal point of research and teaching on sustainability.

     The School offers a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment, a professional MS degree in six fields of study: conservation ecology; environmental informatics; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; and environmental justice, and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA).  The student body includes over 350 MS/MLA and 60 doctoral students.  SNRE also participates in multiple cross-campus degree programs, including an undergraduate Program in the Environment degree, dual degrees with the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business, Engineering, Law, and Public Health, and offers several graduate certificate programs.  Additional information about the School can be found at

     This endowed chair is made possible by a generous contribution made in 1993 by the McGraw Foundation.  The McGraw Professor will continue the tradition of pursuing an active, pathbreaking program of research on corporate behavior and sustainability. It is our expectation that the McGraw Professor will maintain a high profile in both scientific academies and business associations around the world.  The selected candidate will also support the teaching, research, and administration of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, a joint venture of the School of Natural Resources & Environment and the Ross School of Business.  The successful candidate will also hold a courtesy appointment in the Ross School of Business.


     Scholarship: The successful candidate is expected to establish a strong program of scholarship that contributes to expanding knowledge in the faculty member’s discipline and to the interdisciplinary problem-focused mission of the School.

     Teaching:  Support SNRE’s teaching mission at both graduate and undergraduate levels (three courses per year, balancing core or required courses with courses of the faculty’s choice, as determined in consultation with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs);

     Guiding and mentoring graduate students:  The new faculty member will participate in the academic counseling of graduate students and supervise doctoral and master’s students including those involved in integrative, group-based master’s projects.

     Service and collaboration:  The new faculty member will contribute to the stewardship of SNRE, the Erb Institute, the University and relevant professions.


     Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in management, political science, economics, public policy, decision-sciences, or related fields.  A strong record of independent peer-reviewed scholarship and teaching experience is required. Prior teaching experience at a professional master’s degree level is strongly desired.  A track record of leadership in promoting cross-sector dialogue and collaborative research on corporate behavior and sustainability is also desired.

     Application materials should include a letter of application, statements of research and teaching interests and experience, curriculum vitae, up to three publications or working papers, and the names of three people who can provide letters of reference. Strict confidentiality will be maintained, and no references will be solicited without the prior consent of the candidate.

     Materials should be addressed to Professor Gregory Keoleian, McGraw Chair Search Committee, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041 or via email:  Review of applications will begin after September 15 and will continue until the position is filled.


    For further information about the School of Natural Resources and Environment, go to: and The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise:


    The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer,
    and individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

  • 30 Jun 2014 1:41 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:  Life Cycle Analyst,

    Institution:  Quantis 

    Location:  Paris, France


    Quantis is actively seeking an experienced Life Cycle Analyst (>1 year in an LCA role) to join our dynamic team based in Paris. Fluency in French is mandatory and a good level of English is required.

    Interested? Please follow the link to get all the details!

  • 30 Jun 2014 12:18 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    Title:   Professor in Life Cycle Assessment and ecoinnovation

    Institution:  Université du Québec à Montréal

    Location:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Deadline:July 15, 2014

    The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)'s Department of Strategy and Social and Environmental Responsibility (ESG-UQAM, Montreal, Canada) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate with a strong interest in the field of social LCA and socio-economic aspects of LCA for the position of Professor in Life Cycle Assessment and ecoinnovation. Knowledge of French is essential.

    The deadline for application is July 31, 2014. Start date: December 1, 2014.

  • 25 Jun 2014 2:43 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Assistant Professor, Urban metabolism
    Institution:  Chalmers University of Technology
    Location:  Gothenburg, Sweden
    Deadline:   August 5, 2014

    The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering works with every aspect of construction in the community – houses to live in, roads to travel on, and water to drink – from planning to maintenance, taking into account the environment, energy and economics.
    Analysis and problem-solving focus on the ways in which technology, humans and nature interact in society.

    The Department has around 130 employees, divided between six research divisions and an administrative team, and is based at the Johanneberg Campus.

    When it comes to research and education, our Department is at the forefront, and through our work, we contribute to a sustainable built environment.

    Information about the department and division
    The Division of Water Environment Technology (WET) is a part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology. WET brings together scientists with expertise in process engineering, hydraulics, environment, and sustainability. At WET, we perform research in a number of research fields, including drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater engineering, contaminated areas, and urban metabolism. More information about WET can be found at The successful candidate will become a member of the urban metabolism research group at the Division of Water Environment Technology and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

    Major responsibilities
    The primary duty of the successful candidate is to perform research together with the members of the urban metabolism research group. The position also includes teaching both at the undergraduate and Master's levels, as well as supervising PhD students. Another important aspect involves both national and international cooperation with academia, industry and society at large.

    The research will be performed within several work packages of the EU Climate KIC “Smart Sustainable Districts” Flagship. The overall aim of the Flagship is to co-develop and demonstrate how new thinking, coupled with effective tools, technologies and policies, can lead to factor 4 improvement in city district performance across a range of sustainability measures.

    The objectives of the work packages, for which the successful candidate will be responsible, are to:

    • study physical elements and develop tools and methods for city systems with focus on materials
    • integrate the developed tools with models on other city sectors such as energy and transport
    In particular, the candidate will be responsible to apply urban metabolism methods to provide decision support for a sustainable reduction of resource consumption at the district level through adoption of the urban material flow analysis (MFA) method to lower spatial scale resolution.

    Position summary
    This position offers full-time temporary employment for a maximum of four years. An evaluation will take place after two years. The successful candidate is expected to achieve the level of Associate professor within four years from the start of the employment.


  • 10 Jun 2014 3:23 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Postdoctoral Research Chemical Engineer
    Institution:   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL)
    Location:  Cincinnati, Ohio
    Deadline:  July 10, 2014

    A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio. This appointment will be served with the Sustainable Technology Division (STD).

    STD’s mission is to advance the scientific understanding, development, and application of technologies to address a variety of areas related to sustainability, including systems analysis, environmental management, clean processes, green chemistry, and green engineering. This project, in collaboration with other ORD research, will lead to the development of new methods to incorporate human health impacts in life cycle assessment using EPA’s exposure, dosimetry, and toxicological sciences.

    The research participant may participate in the following activities:

    1. Conducting a critical analysis of current approaches to model situation-specific human health impacts.
    2. Researching projects related to exposure, dosimetry, and toxicology to assess data availability for LCIA method development. 
    3. Developing and applying situation-specific health impact models within a life cycle framework.
    4. Incorporating situation-specific health impact data and models in EPA’s novel life cycle database.

    The research participant will be involved in cutting-edge research that will provide enhanced knowledge on the topics of life cycle impact assessment, human health impact modeling, exposure/effects modeling, and decision support. S/he will be exposed to and interact with a large team of researchers from a variety of backgrounds across EPA and other government and non-government institutions. S/he may also have the opportunity to present research findings at conferences and will be encouraged to publish project-related findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


    Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, toxicology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, or similar field within five years of the starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. A background in Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA), Risk Assessment (RA), or Exposure/Effects modeling is desired.

    The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate).

    The participant will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, research interests, compatibility of background and interests with research programs and projects at NRMRL, and the availability of funds, staff, programs, and equipment. The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years upon recommendation of EPA subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

    Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance.

    Technical Questions:

    The contact person for this project is Dr. David Meyer (

    How to Apply:

    An application can be found at Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NRMRL-STD-2014-01 calling or writing for information.
  • 30 May 2014 9:52 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Ph.D. project on "Operational modelling of the nitrogen balance of oil palm plantations to reduce uncertainty in Life Cycle Assessment. Case study in Sumatra, Indonesia"
    Institution: Cirad
    Location:  Montpellier, France
    Deadline:  June 23, 2014

    Ph.D. 3-year contract starting in September 2014, at Cirad, Montpellier, France

    The objective of the Ph.D. project is to improve the accuracy of LCA on palm oil systems through the improvement of the modelling of field Nr-emissions. This modelling must be consistent (accounting for the whole N-balance along the whole perennial cycle), sensitive to local conditions and practices, and easily implementable. Hence, the main pursued track will be to develop an operational model, such as an agro-environmental indicator, and to analyse the propagation of its uncertainty along the LCA characterisation pathways.

    Applicants should possess a university degree at MSc level in Agricultural or Environmental Sciences with an interest in biophysical modelling and uncertainty analysis. Applicants should be motivated to combine biophysical modelling at ecosystem level and LCA assessment. Proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required, as well as good communication skills (oral and in writing).

    Candidates should send a resume, motivation letter and references in English (per E-mail with acknowledgment) to :

    Cécile BESSOU. 
    E-mail :
    Phone: +33 4 67 61 44 87
    Cirad UR34 Performance of perennial cropping systems
    F-34398 Montpellier CEDEX 5

    Cc : Benoît GABRIELLE
    Phone: +33 1 30 81 55 51
    UMR INRA AgroParisTech Environnement et grandes cultures
    78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France

    Call closing on 23. June 2014

  • 29 May 2014 2:35 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)
    Title:  Postdoctoral Researcher
    Institution:  National University of Ireland
    Location:  Galway, Ireland
    Comp:  37,750 Euros per annum
    Deadline:  June 13, 2014

                                             Postdoctoral Researcher


    Mobility milestones and biographies: Tracing the consumption of distance across the life course

    School of Political Science and Sociology/Ryan Institute

    Ref. No. NUIG 51-14

     Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a postdoctoral researcher with the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

     This position is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland and is available from 1st October 2014 until the contract end date of 30 September 2015.

     The postdoctoral researcher will join the CONSENSUS project, a seven-year collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway on consumption, environment and sustainability ( The postdoctoral researcher will play a key role in Work package 3: Transport, mobility and the consumption of distance, which is led by Dr Henrike Rau (


    Job Description:

    The successful candidate will be required to carry out primary research on the topic of transport, mobility and the consumption of distance, focusing in particular on mobility biographies. The main task will be to develop, test and administer an online survey on mobility biographies and milestones and to analyse, present and publish the resulting data. This will be complemented by some theoretical work and secondary analysis of existing documentary and qualitative evidence where appropriate. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to assist the CONSENSUS team with administrative, outreach and dissemination activities.


    The ideal candidate should have a track record in social scientific and/or interdisciplinary transport research and strong experience in survey design and quantitative data analysis is essential. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in social scientific/interdisciplinary transport research.

     The ideal candidate would have prior experience in survey design and statistical analysis of large-scale data, as evidenced by a publication record. Candidates should have excellent communication and organizational skills and a very good command of spoken and written English. Very good interpersonal skills and an ability to work very well both collaboratively and independently are also essential. The candidate should be highly motivated and passionate about social-scientific and/or interdisciplinary empirical research and should have significant experience in quantitative data analysis.

     It is also desirable that suitable candidates would have experience in some or all of the following areas: 1) knowledge of transport policy in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, 2) familiarity with key social-scientific and interdisciplinary debates linking transport and sustainability questions, 3) SPSS or similar software for the statistical analysis of survey data, 4) innovative visual presentation of quantitative transport data.

     The holder of the post will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Henrike Rau, CONSENSUS work package leader for WP3.


    Salary:            37,750 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply). In addition to salary, a conference attendance and travel budget will be available to the successful candidate.                   

     Start date: Position is available from 1st October 2014


    Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

     For information on moving to Ireland please see

     Further information about the School of Political Science and Sociology is available at


     To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Henrike Rau, email:


    Please put reference number NUIG 51-14 in subject line of e-mail application.

      Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday, 13th June 2014.


    National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer
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